On Friday, FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Jr. backed the CIA’s view that Russia’s cyber hacks were intended to help President-elect Donald Trump’s election.
According to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who also served on the Committees on International Relations and Armed Services, those were also the hacks that provided WikiLeaks’ insider information from the DNC and Clinton Campaign Director John Podesta’s email accounts.
But did Russia’s cyber attacks really sway Americans to usher in a Trump presidency, and simultaneously deprive Hillary a seat in the Oval Office, as the left would have us believe?
First, it is fascinating that the right do sound left, and left sound right on this issue. Ronald Reagan himself might be rolling in his grave to see how some on the right have come to the defense of Vladimir Putin, the former head of the KGB and now current president of the Russian Federation, especially in light of America’s highest intelligence consensus on the matter.
At the same time, watching the left (including the White House and most of mainstream media) obsess over the implications that these cyber hacks may have cost Hillary the election, sounds more like a hyper-conspiracy theory. In fact, some on the left have even paralleled Russia’s alleged intervention in our political election with the severity of the 9/11 attacks on our nation. That’s preposterous and an insult to the thousands of lives lost on that unforgettable day.
I’m not minimizing the severity of the charge of cyber espionage and attempts of election sabotage by a foreign power. I love the Russian people, but, if true, it is contemptible on several levels for the Kremlin to interfere in our free elections in any respect. Whether or not the digital footprints lead to Putin’s front door, our government must track down the culprits and take some retaliatory course of action.
But the truth is: Even if the hacks originated with Putin himself, they aided Trump’s election victory about as much the Grinch helped Whoville to love Christmas. Just because the Grinch finally got it right and cheered a little on one particular Christmas, neither he nor his actions forced or even influenced the Whos’ decision to celebrate the holiday. They did that on their own volition.
There’s not a single shred of evidence or intelligence discussion that voting devices were tampered with. There’s not a single shred of evidence that WikiLeaks’ DNC and Podesta’s revelations convinced even a posse who were not already steadfast in their political conviction and decision to turn their vote against Hillary and for Trump.
Are you kidding me? As if those WikiLeaks’ emails exposed any new or greater insight into the depth of Hillary’s career corruption or chronic congenital liar syndrome. Does anyone really believe a league of Hillary voters bailed from her camp to jump into the basket of Trump’s “deplorables” as she called them, just because Putin or his minions lifted the veil off a few more Democrat depravities? Give me a break!
So let’s cut to the chase.
According to the left, if Comey, who they blamed for reopening the investigation on Hillary’s email scandals, and Putin didn’t exist, and if Russia would have never hacked the DNC and Podesta, the American public would have fallen for the political romance of Clinton. She would have allegedly sailed into the White House because the American public would have overlooked her 40 years of political corruption, countless scandals that spanned her career and a tainted character steeped in shady Saul Alinsky Chicago politics.
According to the left, we would have overlooked White House affair minimizing and cover-ups, the Benghazi debacle, official email scandals and deletions, Clinton Foundation financial abuses, pandering to foreign lobbyists, international bribery with other countries, gargantuan honorariums for corporate speeches, cattle futures controversy, Whitewater, Travelgate, Pardongate, Frank Guistra and the Kazakhstan deal, Haitian relief misuse, renting Lincoln’s bedroom and the transfer of uranium production to the Russians, etc.
(The Clintons do appear immune to scandals and blame, and now you can add to that legacy the immunity of culpability for the loss of two presidential elections.)
The bottom line to the left’s sudden obsession with the Russian hacking is all about its last-ditch effort to impede a Trump presidency. But the whole matter would not be near the big deal to the outgoing president or the mainstream media unless Democrats were not on the warpath to somehow derail or debilitate the president-elect.
Leftist activists are also endeavoring to sway electors, who were appointed by the outcome of the presidential election to confirm our votes with their votes this Monday, Dec. 19, to instead lead a coup against Trump and the American citizens’ wishes. While accusing Putin of interfering with our democracy and presidential election, the left is simultaneously interfering with our democracy and presidential election! Nothing could run more counter to a peaceful presidential transition. In addition, its consequences, if effective, could exacerbate an already deeply divided country and likely lead to more civil unrest or even worse.
Odds are, when the Electoral College is done voting across the nation on Monday, the potency of this subject is going to fade away like a sunset, and it will largely be relegated to yesterday’s news. Nevertheless, the left will continue to politicize the Russian hack all the way to Trump’s inauguration, and thereafter forever crediting Putin for Trump’s accomplishments.
And is it a mere coincidence that President Obama, who has publicly criticized Putin and Russia far less than Donald Trump over the course of the last two years, is now vowing to retaliate against the Russian Federation on the eve of the Electoral College affirmation vote?
Then there’s Hillary, who has suddenly gone from her post-election recluse and obscurity to outspoken crusader again, suddenly deciding to go on a thank-you tour like Trump in New York.
She said on Thursday to a group of Manhattan donors “that the hacking attacks carried out by Russia against her campaign and the Democratic National Committee were intended ‘to undermine our democracy’ and were ordered by Vladimir V. Putin ‘because he has a personal beef against me,'” according to the New York Times.
Are you putting the political puzzle pieces together? Hillary and Obama are hoping so. So much for their participation in a peaceful transition of power!
What I love about this political blame game is this: Hillary, the Democratic Party and the mainstream media blame both Comey and Putin for Hillary’s sudden loss, but they refuse to take any blame themselves or place any culpability right at the feet of she who lost the election.
My friend and former governor, Mike Huckabee, said it best yesterday morning on “Fox & Friends”: All Hillary has to do is go down to Walmart and buy a $4 mirror, and look into it, to see whose responsible for the loss of her election.
He added: Can you imagine a top pro-football quarterback who blames the opposing lineman for his loss of the game rather than own it himself?
I know a few things about competition and fighting. So, let’s just say Trump had Putin, Comey and half of America in his corner of the ring. Well, Hillary had two U.S. presidents, an active vice president, Michelle Obama, nearly the entire media and the other half of America in her corner. Does that sound like she should have lost a presidential election for the second time with so much offensive political firepower?
Tom Fuentes, former assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a 29-year veteran of the FBI as well as an 11-year member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service, revealed on CNN over the weekend that our intelligence community has been repeatedly whistleblowing and warning the White House and the DNC for months that Russia has been engaged in cyber attacks against them, and they have all but completely ignored those warnings, until now.
For Obama to sit on any Russian violations of our democracy and election process until they are political expedient, and neither let them be known nor take action on them, is also contemptible.
And now, in this post-election-sore-loser period before the Electoral College’s affirmation vote and Trump’s inauguration, he and the rest of those on the left are suddenly crying out about the severity of the wolf’s attacks? What timing!
In the end, Hillary, Obama, the DNC and the mainstream media won’t only accept the election outcome, but they won’t accept that they were not driving the narrative across our minds and our election votes. This is their last-ditch effort to wield their sword against Trump and sway American public opinion. The pill that they must now swallow, however, is that we the people rejected their rhetoric as dictator over our minds and opinions a long time ago.
What Maya Angelou wrote may have not been intended for this purpose, but it could apply to what the mainstream media and Washington establishment have tried to do to suppress the American people, but have done in vain.
Maya said, “You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.”